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and burdens families with the cost of nursing home care. we have a president who won't let that happen. [ obama ] i'm barack obama and i approved this message. on our broadcast tonight, the fight on the campaign trail, and the face-off coming tomorrow night. also this evening, what mitt romney said about abortion that sure sounds like a change. what really happened the night our ambassador and those other americans were killed in benghazi, libya, and has the story really changed again? race matters, a basic question here, is affirmative action keeping qualified white kids out of the college of their choice? that is what the supreme court took up today. and a very bad day for lance armstrong, today, a mountain of evidence was released against him, including lab results, interviews with other teammates, and alleged dong along the lines of an organized crime ring. and making a difference, tonight, logging miles in the
air to save innocent lives. nightly news begins now. good evening, while millions of americans are looking forward to the biden/ryan debate tomorrow night as the next big television event, the top of the world, the speech, the travels continue, mitt romney is trying to take advantage of a bounce coming off the lt debate. but it is something he said on the subject of abortion that is getting a lot of attention today and tonight. it is where we begin with peter alexander who is traveling with the ryan campaign, in sidney, ohio. >> reporter: good evening to you, brian, mitt romney traveled many miles on his campaign bus, making three stops trying to build on his momentum from last week and put his campaign in
full swing. on the campaign trail, mitt romney stopped in mt. vernon, a manufacturing plant in a must-win state, who has something in common with his wife, ann. >> they are both breast cancer survivors. >> reporter: the romney campaign hopes this is a sign of a trend, the polls surge showing that the trend is higher among women voters. on monday, he seemed to soften his position on abortion. >> there is no legislation on abortion that i'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda. >> reporter: the obama campaign jumped on the comment, writing, we know where he stands on a woman's right to choose, pointing to last comments made in 2007. >> so i would like to see roe v wade overturned, and allow the states and the elected
representatives and the people themselves have the ability to put in place the legislation >> i think i said time and again, i'm a pro life candidate and will be a pro life president. >> reporter: meanwhile, president obama talked about his lackluster performance. >> it is fair to say i was too polite. >> reporter: bill clinton mocked romney in las vegas monday. >> i had a different reaction to the first debate than a lot of people did. i mean, i thought wow. here is old moderate mitt. where you been, boy? i don't have that tax plan i had for the last two years. you going to believe me or your lying eyes here now, come on. >> reporter: but 69-year-old joe biden, and paul ryan, younger, with no experience in such a debate, recalling differences in the matchup. they recalled sarah palin in the
2008 prep. >> instead of it being risky that joe biden is more seasoned and paul ryan is younger, they both have strengths that they bring to this conversation. >> reporter: and paul ryan arrived in kentucky late this evening, brian, greeted by his wife and mother and an enthusiastic crowd. his opponent, vp biden, will arrive there after resting up in his own bed in delaware. and peter alexander starting us off today, our political director and chief white house correspondent, chuck todd is with us from the site of tomorrow night's debate in danville, kentucky, and chuck, set the scene tonight, the advance buzz, this has been called an epic generational debate, of course it takes on more importance given the first debate at the top of the ticket. >> reporter: well, the college here, center college, they call it the thrill in deville,
this is the second time they hosted a presidential debate, they hosted cheney versus lieberman m. and he is sort of walking this line. i talked to aides that say but you're right, there is a lot more pressure on joe biden to perform. and he is sort of walking this line. i talked to aides that say yes, he will be more aggressive than the question. that is a fact. but the question is, is he too aggressive? because we mentioned the generational gap, because a lot of the people view this as more as a visual. does this person look like he is ready to be president? and that is paul ryan's challenge, he is youthful, compared to joe bin. and he was not helped yesterday. mitt romney says he was not sure if paul ryan had had a debate, maybe back in high school. you don't want to bring up the phrase "high school" when you want to look presidential? >> all right, chuck todd, who will be part of our team during the live coverage of the debate tomorrow, 9 eastern time, 6:00 on the west coast here on this nbc station debate, here o the nbc station.
today, in washington, a lot of republicans in congress had a lot of questions about the obama mission, about the night in benghazi, when a sudden and strong attack took the lives of our u.s. ambassador, and at the american consulate there, along with three other americans our report tonight from our chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: sparking the confrontation, the two security offices from the consulate who said the requests were either turned down or ignored. >> we were fighting a losing battle. we couldn't even keep away we were not allowed to keep what we had. >> it was very clear we were not going to get resources until the aftermath of the incident. >> reporter: republicans accused them of lying regarding the protests over an anti-muslim video. >> there was no protest, and cameras reveal that. >> this was never about a video's it was never
spontaneous, it was terror, i want to know why we were lied to. >> reporter: this after the comments from susan rice, days after the attack. >> the current assessment, what happened in benghazi, was initially a spontaneous reaction to what happened in cairo. >> reporter: in fact, they acknowledged there never was a protest, always quiet until at knight, when all hell broke loose, with dozens breaking through. they rushed to christopher stevens's bunker, they started the fire, unable to see or breathe through heavy smoke, the ambassador and one body guard tried to get out through a bathroom window. the agent got out, then lost
stevens in the thick, black smoke, his body turned up later. they identified him only hours after the cell phone call sinai never have seen this type. >> reporter: today, the white house acknowledges mistakes. >> there is no question when four american personnel are killed in an attack on the diplomatic security, that the facility was not adequate the diplomatic facility. >> reporter: mitt romney mentioned a conversation wit >> reporter: mitt romney mentioned a conversation with glenn doherty, one of the former navy s.e.a.l.s killed in the attack. >> i met some wonderful people, one a former navy s.e.a.l. >> reporter: later, the campaign said he wouldn't mention it again. his mother said he shouldn't make that a part of the political agenda. tonight, they accused them of misleading, and demanded straight answers, the white house is trying to find answers with both the state department and the review board, now both investigating what went wrong. >> andrea mitchell, thank you. and the supreme court today
takes on a question of race, and the question, has affirmative action run its course? the justice department is looking into the case, deciding whether or not they can take racial background into account as colleges decide who to admit. our justice correspondent, pete williams with more. >> reporter: brian, 30 years ago, in a case called bachi, the supreme court said that a college can take a person's race into account when providing admissions, because it provides better diversity. now the question seems to be, how much diversity is enough? like nearly all american colleges, the university of texas at austin tries for racial diversity, but the way they did it was tried by a senior, abby fisher. >> the race should not be considered. >> reporter: she says that affirmative action kept her out. >> there were people with lower
grades who were not -- the only difference between us was the color of our skin. >> reporter: she says the state law that guarantees the top 10% of graduates makes the university racially diverse enough. 29% hispanic, 6% black. but the university says that considering race is one factor in making sure they admit enough with diversity. >> what is important is that they have the ability to see that not all are the same, regardless of their economic background. >> reporter: the supreme court ruled nine years ago that they can consider race to get a critical mass of students. a decision written by sandra day o'connor. today, they seemed to find it too vague? what is the local end? when will i know that you have
reached a critical mass? one justice, does it vary from group to group or state to state? o state? the lawyer from the university of texas says the school the lawyer from the university of texas says the school looks at all of the student's accomplishments. we want minorities from different backgrounds, he said. but that prompted justice kennedy, likely the critical vote, so what you're saying is that race counts above all. opponents of the affirmative action hope they strike it down, judging from the arguments today, they will scale it back possibly. >> pete williams for us tonight, in washington, thank you. and for years, lance armstrong insisted he never cheated or doped as he won title after title in his sport. recently he stopped fighting and said he would no longer fight the charges by the u.s. anti-doping agency. and now, tonight, they have unveiled their case against him. our senior investigator correspondent lisa myers has a look at the body of evidence. >> reporter: banned for life and
stripped of his tour de france victories, there he was this past two weekends the man once known for his stunning achievements, competing in the race, with his daughters alongside. today, the u.s. anti-doping agency laid out their case, a thousand pages of what they call overwhelming evidence, undeniable evidence of cheating, and a quest to win at all costs. >> the u.s. postal services pro cycling team, including lance armstrong ran the most sophisticated, successful drug program that we've ever seen. >> reporter: in all, 11 teammates broke the code of silence, testifying against armstrong, even one who armstrong said was like a brother. he said i'm aware he used blood trans fusions in 2005 and 2001, he said. he also said that armstrong twice gave him a banned steroid.
another teammate, in 2002, said that armstrong told me if i wanted to continue to ride for the postal service team i would have to follow the doping program to the letter. the report also cites scientific tests from armstrong's blood from races in 2009 and 2010. the results were consistent with doping. an expert said the likelihood of this occurring naturally was less than one in a million. >> this is the most extensive in the doping report that i have ever seen. >> reporter: armstrong's lawyer calls the report a hatchet job. >> everybody knows he was the best, and everybody knows he won because he was the best. >> reporter: so far, arm strong's work to fight cancer, the donations have been more in the last two months and the report says donors still believe in his leadership. lisa myers, nbc washington. and the story the world is reacting to, the 14-year-old
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now, she is fighting for her life after an attempt on her life by a team of taliban gunmen. tonight, the outcry over that attack is growing. we get the very latest from nbc. >> malala yousufzai remains in the hospital, recovering from emergency surgery to remove a bullet from her neck. a team of seven doctors is working on her case, including specialists called in from retirement. and a government plane is on stand by to carry her overseas for treatment, although she is too unstable to move. today, the chief of surgery paid a visit to her bedside, and vowed to fight terrorism no matter the costs. while malala yousufzai lies in bed, many pray for her recovery. some schools were closed in protests.
many demonstrate against the taliban in protests. the shooting has brought new focus to malala situation, the fight for education. >> there can be nothing more cowardly. her story has captured the world's attention >> yesterday's attack reminds us of the challenge the girls face, whether it is poverty or marginalization, or even violence, just for speaking out for basic rights. >> reporter: malala yousufzai may become a combined force. they vow to attack her again if she recovers combined force. >> the >> they have added her father ta the hit list.dded her doctors say she has shown some improvement in the next day but that the next 24 hours will be critical. before they can tell if the gunmen still at large have permanently silenced the courage of a 14-year-old girl. nbc news, kabul. and up next, the warning
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>> reporter: less than two hours in the air, and the dogs are back on the ground. a last-minute flight that jeff says was the only option. >> you're going to get a home quick. >> all of these dogs would have been put down if we had not taken them out. >> reporter: and so you rescued? >> with today's transport, over 1900. >> reporter: with today's co-pilot, it is a dog, but sometimes, the mission grows. >> i have done the pigs, the falcons, the rabbits, snakes, turtles. >> reporter: so you're all species airways? >> that is it, if it sits, if it flies, that is it. >> they want to go out of business, the problem is they know tomorrow they will be needed again. >> no problem. >> a happy ending. >> the happy ending and the new beginning. >> here we go. >> this is day one of a new life. >> reporter: a doggy underground
in our nation's airways, kerry sanders, lakeland, florida. >> that is our broadcast tonight. thank you for joining us, i'm brian williams, we hope to see you back here tomorrow night. good evening. sanders, lakeland, florida. >> that is our broadcast tonight. thank you for joining us, i'm brian williams, we hope to see you back here tomorrow night. good evening.